Tagged: sniper rifle
February 23, 2017 at 11:19 am #9840
Okay, so what is it guys? Post your favorite sniper rifle of all time… and then WHY its your favorite.February 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm #9848
M-24 hands down! Accurate, simple, rugged and as an Army guy anything else would just plain be wrong!February 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm #9850
M40A1. It was my first love and always feels like home when i’m behind her. 🙂 Although the optics are much improved now.June 13, 2018 at 8:53 am #13679
The M24 ranges high on my list from when I carried one… its a part of me now.
June 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm #13691
- This reply was modified 2 months ago by mele-02.
My personal favorite is the DARPA/USMC XM-3 sniper rifle. I like this particular rifle due to its lighter weight and smaller profile compared to more traditional sniper rifles. Sadly, this platform was never developed to its full potential.June 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm #13709
Hey, this is a different choice than many might recommend, and I love it! This is also in line with my thoughts on an ideal sniper rifle… one that focuses on the fieldcraft side. Keep the rifles light and compact to help the sniper due is craft, yet still deliver sub MOA at 1000 yards. Great pick!!
We have contemplated doing a writeup on a rifle build to fullfill the same requirements as the XM rifles were designed to fill. Obviously the USMC has decided to go a different route with their adoption of the Mk13 rifle… a mistake? Probably not, but I see a need for both!
MELJune 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm #13717
AIAW, used by our SWAT team for the past 10 years of course the United Kingdom along with many other countries. I am retiring in a few weeks and so is our AIAW’s in favor of DTA SRS but I am hoping I am allowed to purchase mine on my way out. It has never failed me and I hated giving up our 700s in the M24 stocks when we got them in “08” but once I got used to the chassis I kind of fell in love. I even had Mel build me a 700 about 6-7 years ago in a AICS chassis, and the photo of it is in the rifle build gallery.June 15, 2018 at 8:39 pm #13722
Mel, thanks for the feedback, and glad to meet you. As far as the XM-3 is concerned, I think the only upgrades it would need for MOUT in today’s environment are the scope and the magazine system. The original scope on these rifles was the NF NXS 3.5-15×50(SFP), which I would replace with the NF ATACR F1 4-16×42 MIL/MIL with the MIL-R or the H-59 reticle. The original magazine on these rifles was a 5rd internal box w/ hinged floorplate, which I would upgrade to the Badger M5 DBM system. This would give you the flexibility to use Mk 316(175gr OTM), M80 Ball(149gr FMJ), or Mk 319(130gr OTM) as operational needs dictate. Would like to see your team build an “XM-3 Type” system and see what you come up with.
Randy V. aka PBR-XP FANJune 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm #13729
I think one of mine will be the M110 SASS. I have a few favorites, but for quicker engagements I prefer the M110.June 17, 2018 at 9:01 am #13735
I am running the Desert Tech SRS A1 in 308. Itook it to NRA scoped rifle instructor school and it worked great. Left hand was a challenge but very doable. Always 1/2 inch or better. Working with 155 168 175 185 at 100 yards and less than 1/2 min point of impact. Greart rifle and ha Vortex AMG in moa.June 18, 2018 at 9:34 am #13760
Mel, thanks for the feedback, and glad to meet you…
… I would replace with the NF ATACR F1 4-16×42 MIL/MIL with the MIL-R or the H-59 reticle. The original magazine on these rifles was a 5rd internal box w/ hinged floorplate, which I would upgrade to the Badger M5 DBM system. This would give you the flexibility to use Mk 316(175gr OTM), M80 Ball(149gr FMJ), or Mk 319(130gr OTM) as operational needs dictate. Would like to see your team build an “XM-3 Type” system and see what you come up with.
Thanks Randy, good to meet you as well!
I really like your scope choice and that you didn’t go crazy with a moon scope. Keep is small and rugged. Good mag range.
We’ll put it on the project list, will be fun!
MELJune 21, 2018 at 10:24 am #13866
Not to be irritating, but if someone was not a military sniper, how is one supposed to know about your discussed equipment or calibers???…dr mJune 21, 2018 at 11:08 am #13867
Maybe you guys could say “well , you won’t know Mike”….well…what if I am INTERESTED????June 21, 2018 at 11:37 am #13868
Either ask questions or google or both !!! 🙂June 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm #13869
Not to be irritating, but if someone was not a military sniper, how is one supposed to know about your discussed equipment or calibers???…dr m
Please, by all means ask! 🙂
If you have a question, chances are… many other viewers have the same question. Many of the items and rifles we mention can be found on the sniper central main web page with pictures, reviews, commentary, etc. But please. ask away!
MELJune 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm #13900
OK…..please describe the M24….what optics did the military put on there???….what caliber…what bullet…what grain please???…dr mJune 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm #13901
aaaaaand…..are the rifles that SNIPER CENTRAL “builds” comparable to the M24?June 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm #13902
The rifles were/are built by Remington using a 700 long action (Actually a 40x) and chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO. They used a 24″ VERY HEAVY barrel with powder coating on the early rifles, that changed later. It fires the standard M118LR ammo. The original M118 Special Ball used a 173 FMJ-BT, the current M118LR uses SMK 175 HPBT. You can find out lots more about M118 here.
They used Leupold Ultra Mk4 10x40mm M3A scopes. Fixed power with a BDC calibrated for the M118 ammo.
You can find out more details here:
Sniper Central Writeup
Let me know what else you would like to know. I carried one for 4+ years and own one now (part of the SC Collection)
June 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm #13904
- This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by mele-02.
That is hard to say. They were built to very specific specs using very specific components. The rifles we put together can be similar if ordered with the same parts and pieces.
MELJune 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm #13905
Would you care or dare to estimate THE COST of the M 24 and proper optics if one wanted to produce one???June 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm #13906
GA Precision makes an M-24 clone for $4k.
As to the optic, this is pretty close if you wanted a new scope.
So $5k for the rifle and optic. Then you’d need several other items to complete the issued rifle plus accessories. Bipod, Sling, bayonet, deployment kit (tools and replacement parts), rings, base etc.
$10k ought to get it done for sure.June 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm #13908
Thank you so much…dr mJune 22, 2018 at 3:52 pm #13909
Now if you want an exact clone of the entire issued kit at a given point in time, that would be a huge labor of love involving a lot of research, hunting for old used parts and probably some machining etc.
There are people that do that sort of thing, but I am not among them. 🙂June 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm #13910
what barrel is used by the military on the M 24?June 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm #13911
24”, 416R Stainless Steel, 5R, 1:11.25 Twist
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